shapeMen’s shapewear is nothing new. It has been on the market for a few years. In theory, shapewear should make you appear thinner and slimmer. Women have been using it for years. Spanx the company known for women’s shapewear created a collection for men. The first collection was good. But didn’t deliver to men the Spanx experience women have been having.

Whats’ Wrong with Shapewear?

One of the big reasons I don’t think shapewear has taken off for men is function. I have tried many different kinds of shapewear. The shirts are a struggle to get on. It’s basically wrestling to get them on. You really need two people to put them on. Getting them off luckily is not as difficult, but it’s still a chore. I would love if they created a zipper or fastening system that allows it to go on easier and by yourself.

Unlike women’s brands a lot of the early men’s lines gave a little bit slimming. But not enough of a slimming effect that guys were expecting. Why struggle to put on a shirt when it gives you minimal results? More brands are looking at how to make their lines give better results.

The last thing is going to the bathroom. This is something often over looked. On women’s  shapewear. They have an opening that allows them to go to the Bathroom. On men’s it can be a struggle to get them down and out. Depending on the design. One company that didn’t overlook this is Gregg Home. Their Sculpt line they released in March/April took into account going to the bathroom. There is a slit between the wide waistband and the pouch. Easy access with out the hassle.

How To Fix Shapewear

The design of most men’s shapewear is pretty simple. I”m not saying we need to put in wild colors or patterns. I think the classic white and black are perfect for it. Most will not want to draw attention to the fact they are wearing it. The wilder the colors the more attention you will get.

I mentioned above the struggle to get it on. One thing I would love to see is a one piece design. That could be like a singlet. A  full body type of design would give better results and fit better. A zipper down the front that could ease in putting the pairs on. I’m still not sure if there should be a cut-out or specially designed pouch. To allow for ease of use for the bathroom. If there is a cut out you’d need to wear extra underwear for support.

This design would be tailored for a man’s body. Make sure it’s narrows the waist and broadens the shoulders. This design should also take into account the anatomy of a man. To ensure  it’s very comfortable. Plus, the design should be able to be worn under clothing without giving away the fact it’s shapewear.

We hope to do some more shapwear reviews soon. Stay tuned!


Tim is the founder and editor of Underwear News Briefs. He has been an avid underwear fan since the age of 14! He founded UNB in 2008 and has continued to broaden his underwear love over the years

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